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I Ordered A Volvo XC60 Through Their New, All-Inclusive Subscription Program, ‘Care By Volvo’.

by Anura Guruge


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This very well could become the new way of car ownership for the likes of I.

I was going to LEASE a car in the first place; originally a ‘Genesis G70‘ before I worked out that with ‘Rowen‘, who will grow to be at least 130lbs, I am going to need something with a large backend.

Leasing works out for me. I have leased cars going back 30-years. That I have nothing to show for all my payments after 3-years really does not bother I. Why? Because I understand what I am getting into. Yes, of course, I can afford to buy a car outright or finance it. But, with financing I have to put ‘more’ money down. Well, as some of you have worked out, I am an investment addict — especially when it comes to stock option trading. Basically, in my case, I can make enough to pay for a lease by keeping the money invested. Hence, the attraction. Anybody seriously into investing, & especially option trading, will understand.

The mileage allowance USUALLY works out, BUT if I have to pay for extra mileage, so be it in that it would be no different to I renting a car from Enterprise for a trip. Given that my car can sit idle, unused, for 10-days, if not more, at a time has to help. I definitely don’t drive everyday. Haven’t for over two decades. I do my 8- to 9-miles of WALKING EVERY DAY, but other than that don’t go out much. SMILE. So, it should work out.

So, I was looking at leasing & had already started the numbers for a traditional 3-year, 1,000-miles/month lease & was talking, regularly, to the very congenial, courteous & ultra-competent General Manager at ‘Lovering Volvo Cars‘ in Concord (NH). Then, today’s Social Media Targeted Advertising kicked-in. I got a ‘Care by Volvo’ ad. on my Facebook Timeline. I read it & was intrigued.

I loved the convenience. I pay for convenience.

The 4-month opt-out option was compelling. I haven’t owned a Volvo in 20-years. I haven’t owned a new car in a LONG TIME. I drive old Jags — one of which does NOT even have cup holders. I have not owned a car with GPS maps, cameras, Bluetooth, blind-spot detection etc. Yes, of course, I have rented plenty. But, that is NOT the same as owning one. So, this will give me a chance to see what I like, what works for I & what others rave about.

Lovering was happy for me to order online as long as I specified them as the dealer. That is what ‘we’ did this evening — ‘we’ in that Teischan double-checked the order to make sure I hadn’t screwed up. It is going to be our car; car for Rowen, her & I. SMILE. Things I do for dogs. Yes, it will be their second car.

Well, I will keep you posted.


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‘James O’Neil’, Today’s ‘Andrew Wyeth’, At His Lubec, Maine, Art Studio & Gallery.

by Anura Guruge



Click image to access this post from 7-years ago.



There is an article about him in this magazine,
and you will RECOGNIZE some images (above).


The first time I ever saw a James O’Neil painting was 7-years ago, at an art gallery in Northeast Harbor (Acadia, Maine). I & Devanee (who was into paintings then) stood mesmerized. I (as you can see from the post above) immediately made a connection with Andrew Wyeth — & I even discussed it with the manager of the gallery who concurred. We were no strangers to Wyeth. My wife, who was born & grew up in Cushing, Maine — where Wyeth did most of his iconic work — knew Wyeth. Her aunty, ‘Siri‘, was featured in quite a few of Wyeth’s works. A large reproduction Wyeth has hung in our informal dining room since we moved into our house. So for us to think of him as Wyeth, reincarnated, took some doing. But, he is good. He, in my opinion, is brilliant. Immensely gifted & committed to his craft.

That he is Wyethian is no accident or coincidence. Wyeth was a major influence & James even spent time in Cushing.

7-years ago I was unaware of another American painter, John Noble. But, thanks to “Irving Stone’s” ‘The Passionate Journey’ (1949) that I ploughed through a few months ago, I know more about him than I really wanted to know. I am now struck by similarities between John Noble & James O’Neil in terms of their use light, fascination with the sea & their passionate work ethic. Fortunately, Jame O’Neil isn’t hounded by the demons that John Noble could never shake off. That is a very good thing.

Meeting James O’Neil, in Lubec, right outside his studio cum gallery, was total serendipity. I had not gone looking for him. I didn’t even know he lived in Lubec.

Quoddy Head State Park“, of late, has become one of my favorite places to loiter. When I am at the ‘Bold Coast‘ I make a point of visiting it at least once a day. Hence, why I have been there over 10-times in the last 6-months. Well, I was there just ahead of sunset last Wednesday, March 10, 2021. But, I had also been there at sunset the two previous evenings too. So, there was not that much new in terms of light & photographic options. So, I decided to try & catch some light from a higher elevation. Klondike Mountain, just a few minutes away came to mind. So, I drove up there. But, it was too snowy & icy. So, I decided to explore the area in my car. That is when I saw the sign for his gallery. I went up the road, looked around & came back. I stopped to take some pictures. A gentleman was standing outside cradling a dog. I asked if he was “James O’Neil“. He was. I was elated.

He invited me to come back for a tour at noon the next day. I was not going to let that opportunity pass. We met.

He is a delight. A very kind, gentle, generous man — very humble & self-effacing. He gave me the grand tour. Wow. What a place. What character. What art. What a view. He gave me permission to take pictures BUT I opted not to take any closeups. I didn’t want folks trying to ‘get’ prints off his work. Hence, the pictures you see here. He very kindly gave me an in depth tutorial on ‘egg tempura‘. Wow.

He is a musician too who plays multiple instruments & is a member of a Celtic performing trio called the “O’McCrelli“. They perform all over Maine, coming as far south as Portland. I found them on YouTube. James is on the left, on guitar.


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President Biden FINALLY Adds ‘Sign Language’ To ‘White House’ Press Briefings.

by Anura Guruge



I asked the question nearly a year ago (as you can see from the image at the top).

I noticed that it has come to pass under President Biden — THOUGH all media outlets (e.g., CNN) are NOT showing it! Can’t figure out why. MSNBC does so, from what I can see,

Have YOU noticed it. I no longer (SMILE) watch as many White House Press Briefings as I used to. They are not as entertaining as they used to be — BUT that is a good thing.

Though I cannot read sign language I am GLAD that it is available. Yes, I do like watching them. Some, as you know, are very expressive.


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‘My’ ‘Navajo Nation’ Decimated By 940 COVID Deaths To-Date!

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There wasn’t, because they were so persecuted & hunted down, that many to begin with — and by that I am only going back 18-months or so. Yes, they don’t help themselves when it comes to their health. Obesity & alcoholism & with that diabetes is epidemic. It is very, very sad. AND now COVID.

They can’t afford to lose this many, this quickly. Many, by nature, will be ‘elders’. With them we will again lose more culture, expertise, local knowledge & wisdom.

I wonder how many ‘Canyon de Chelly‘ guides MIGHT have died. Wow. I am trying to find out. Not good.

Please, at a minimum, share a THOUGHT for them.


My 2020 Thanksgiving post for MY Navajo.


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Was It Providential That President Joe Biden, A Devout Catholic, Will Have A Black Cardinal In D.C.

by Anura Guruge


YouTube Video.
There are plenty more.


Cardinal Wilton Gregory is going to be a very busy prelate. Very Catholic Joe Biden will ‘lean’ on him heavily & he will become part of his ‘cabinet’. All good. Nothing bad. I do NOT know Wilton Gregory. But, I will find out. He seems OK. Did a nice job today.

I went & checked exactly as to when he was named as a cardinal. It was BEFORE the November 3, 2020 election. SMILE. But, NOT by much. Just a week. So, unless the pope had a message from his Boss this was coincidental — but providential.


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I Admire & Like Men Who Can Cry In Public — Especially U.S. Presidents (Like Joe Biden).

by Anura Guruge


YouTube Video.
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To I, it is definitely NOT a sign of weakness. It is a good, positive sign of: strength, self-confidence, empathy with others & healthy emotions.

I cry. I cry openly. I cry watching movies. I cry every time I see Obama being elected. I cried when Joe got his ‘Medal of Freedom‘ from Obama.

Have you ever seen bloody Trump cry? QED! Proves my point.

I have a feeling that I will be crying a LOT tomorrow — ALL tears of joy & relief.

This is so good. So good. So healthy. So refreshing.

ENJOY.


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Amazon Is Now Trying NO-Packaging Shipping — One Extreme To Another.

by Anura Guruge


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A ‘Roku Ultra‘ I received yesterday. Yes, it was Sunday & you can see that the Amazon label, at the Top Right, says ‘Sunday Delivery’.

But, the most striking thing is that it came WITHOUT ANY PACKAGING. Not even in a padded envelope or plastic wrap.

Just the Roku box with the Amazon label stuck on it.

I think this is NOT acceptable. Amazon has gone from OVER PACKAGING to the other extreme.

I have some objections. Sometimes I want to see the BOX, e.g., say a LEGO set. I also would like SOME protection & privacy.

BUT, a good start. I know that Amazon will sort it out in a few months. They always do.


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The Toric Lens Implanted In My Right Eye Is Getting Rotated 15 Degrees On Monday!

by Anura Guruge


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Basically FOLLOW-UP cataract surgery — on my RIGHT eye; my bad eye. We always knew that this was the eye that was going to be challenging.

I had cataract surgery on it, by the AMAZING Dr. Theodor Sauer of OCB, i.e., Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, on December 7, 2020. Wow. As I detailed here, for the first time in 52-years I could see out of that eye without glasses or contacts.

But, it was NOT perfect. The LEFT eye, which I had done 12-days earlier, is near perfect.

We did NOT expect the same results from the right eye.

I saw Dr. Sauer this last Monday, January 4, 2021. He thinks he can IMPROVE on the right eye.

So, I am having SURGERY again this coming Monday, January 11, 2021.

He is going to open my eye & get to the implanted lens. Then he is going to rotate it 15 degrees. I forgot to ask him in what direction. Doesn’t matter to I. He knows. I trust him — implicitly.

Wow. I am excited.

Well I will keep you posted.


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My New ‘Google Pixel 5’ Got The Android 11 January Update On Jan. 5, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


 

5th of the month is early, BUT I am not complaining.

I had to check for it manually — once I had read, online, that it was available.

NOTICED immediately that the camera shutter VOLUME had been turned down noticeably. That is good.


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We The Brits, Always GREAT, Are Truly FREE Again, Jan. 1, 2021 — I Waited A Very Long Time For This.

by Anura Guruge


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THE Referendum, the 2nd Referendum, was in 2016. That was 4 years ago.

YES, we separated from the EU on January 1, 2020 (Brussels time) — BUT the final divorce decree was NOT until today.

But, now it is all done & dusted.

23:00 (11:00 pm) London time (mid-night in Brussels, Belgium) Brexit becomes totally & irrevocably FINAL. This is IT.

After nearly fifty years we are FINALLY FREE again.

The last 4-years, post the referendum, was torturous.

So much drama, so much duplicity, so much incompetence, so much heartache, so much intrigue.

But that is all in the past.

IT IS DONE.

BREXIT IS REAL.

We the Brits, Always GREAT, are totally FREE Again.

I am so, so happy & relieved.

What a great day.


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